Medical Ethnobiology and Indigenous Knowledge System of the Limbu People of Khejenim VDC, Taplejung, Nepal

Date and Time: 
Thursday, 16 May, 2013 - 20:40 to 21:00
GHANASHYAM, Niroula - Managing Director in Geneva Global School, Kathmandu, Nepal
Nanda Bahadur SINGH - Professor at central Department of Zoology, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu Nepal

The  research work has been undertaken in Khejenim VDC of Taplejung District in eastern Nepal to document and explore the traditional indigenous knowledge and practices relating to the use of various plant and animal species for medicinal purposes among Limbus of the study area. The study was focused on the utilization pattern of plants and animals by the local people and the data was collected through interviews with key informants, including Dhami/Jhankri, elders of the community, local healers and local people. Analysis of the data has shown that Limbu people of the study area are enriched with traditional and indigenous knowledge on utilization of 64 plant species, with medicinal values belonging to 44 families and 61 genera, used for curing 38 different ailments. Similarly, 15 animal species with medicinal value belonging to 9 orders and 10 families were used to remediate12 different ailments.

The most frequently treated ailments were gastro-intestinal problems, respiratory issues, respiratory tract infections, dermatological problems, cuts and wounds. Findings of the present research work have also been supported by similar work done by other researchers. At the same time  people of the study area has shown their interest in the conservation and protection of  plants and animal species for their sustainable use and values.

Key words: Medicinal plants, indigenous knowledge, traditional medicine, Limbus, Ethno-biology.